Scenic Driving

The unique landscape of southwest New Mexico may be explored from two scenic byways. Portions of these beautiful byways showcase the Gila National Forest.

Geronimo National Scenic Byway

"Immerse yourself in the Apaches' history and the hot mineral springs used by Geronimo and his warriors. Visit the historic mining towns that flourished and died with the gold and silver fortunes. From desert lakes to forested mountains, the Geronimo Trail captures the spirit of freedom and independence." (National Scenic Byways Programs website, 01/2008)

Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway.

"The Trail of the Mountain Spirits beckons. Go where the spirits of miners, homesteaders, Indians, Spanish explorers, and mountain men have left their marks. Cross the Continental Divide, experience the wild Gila River, walk amongst the ruins of ancients to sense life before history, and hear the sounds of solitude." (National Scenic Byways Programs website, 01/2008)

Areas & Activities


https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/gila/recreation/scenicdrivinginfo